How to Keep Your Pet Safe During Cold WeatherPetmania Pet Care Advisor
Keeping Your Pet Safe During Cold Weather
A temperatures plummet during the winter, here at Petmania we want to help you to keep your pet safe from the elements. Despite their furry exterior, just like us humans, our pets can really feel the cold so it’s really important that we protect them during cold, frosty and snowy weather.
Using our top-tips, you can make sure that your family pet is safe during colder weather:
- Move your pet (dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pigs etc) indoors full-time. Ideally into your house, but if this isn’t possible, move their kennel or hutch into a shed to help ensure they are kept safe from the cold temperatures.
- Keep beds warm and dry. Choose waterproof bedding and make sure outdoor kennels, hutches and homes are warm and dry. You can also use extra bedding for insulation, such as straw and hay in their sleeping areas.
- Combine fashion and function and wrap up your canine friends with dog coats for extra warmth.
- Make sure your pet had plenty of fresh water and food – a little extra food than normally might be needed as she will be burning energy to stay warm.
- Keep an eye to ensure that water supplies do not freeze over. If your pet is feeding outside, use plastic bowls instead of metal to prevent their tongues getting stuck if it is too cold.
- Similarly to humans your dog or cat can get frostbite! Pay extra attention to any signs of discolouration, pain or unusual blisters on their ears and paws.
- Like us humans in colder-climates pets need clean and moisturised paw pads to prevent cracking and pain caused by hard, cold salted pavements.
- Use Omega oils to prevent skin becoming dry and itchy in changing temperatures.
- Book a dog grooming session. Prevent matting, hydrate the skin and condition your dog’s coat or treat arthritic joints with a muscle and joint therapy bath.
- Finally, don’t forget about your garden birds who would appreciate some high fat foods like peanuts to boost their energy reserves.